Unlike any other holidays on the globe, people observe Indian holidays at home. While Holika Dahan celebrates the triumph of virtue over evil, Holi is a celebration of colours. Holika Dahan 2023 will occur on March 7, 2023. People from all religions and cultures light the Holi pyre at nightfall on this day. In public places like community centres, parks, close to shrines, and other open areas, people gather firewood and other stuff for bonfires.
It’s crucial to understand to perform the Holika Dahan in 2023 on the Shubh Muhurat. Moreover, Pradosh Kaal is the auspicious time to carry out the Holika Dahan ceremonies.
|Event||Date & Time|
|Sunrise||March 7, 2023, 06:28 AM|
|Sunset||March 7, 2023, 06:28 PM|
|Full Moon Starting||March 06, 2023, at 04:17 PM|
|Full Moon Ending||07 March 2023, 06:10 PM|
|Holika Dahan 2023 Muhurta||March 07, 2023, from 06:28 PM to 08:56 PM|
|Bhadra Mukha Timings||March 07, 2023, from 02:58 PM to 05:06 PM|
|Bhadra Poonch Timings||07 March 2023, 04:53 PM to 06:10 PM|
|Bhai Dooj 2023||9 March 2023, Thursday|
|Basoda 2023 (Shitala Ashtami)||15 March 2023, Wednesday|
One should refrain from performing any beneficial task during Bhadra (an unfavourable season), which dominates the initial part of this tithi.
Holika Dahan is observed one day before the hue celebration of Holi. And it is much fanfare and displayed on the day of the Full Moon and in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Based on the Solar calendar 2023, the festival of colors occurs between February and March.
It also goes by the names “Choti Holi” and “Kamadu Chita” in various regions of India. It is among those holidays that cut beyond the boundaries of religion. Despite being a significant Hindu holiday, many natives around various nations and cultures celebrate it with joy and happiness. Additionally, the festival emphasises fairness and fraternity with an abundance of colour and pleasure.
The tale of Holika Dahan starts with the legend of Hiranyakashyap. He was a powerful evil monarch who had immortality and the ability to assume any shape, rendering him unbeatable by Lord Brahma. Because Hiranyakashyap was so strong, everybody revered him as a deity.
However, his son Prahlad, a follower of Lord Vishnu, declined to acknowledge his dad as a deity. Hiranyakashyap made several attempts to impress Prahlad with his grandeur, but failed each time. Hiranyakashyap, who had grown weary of Prahlad’s intransigence, turned to his sister Holika for assistance.
Holika had the ability to withstand fire as a gift from Lord Brahma. For Prahlad to perish in the fire, Hiranyakashyap instructed Holika to sit with Prahlad on her lap. To others’ amazement, only Holika burned when she and Prahlad touched the flames; Prahlad was unharmed.
This occurrence demonstrated that Prahlad was under the protection of Lord Vishnu. It honours this victory of righteousness over evil because Holika, who possessed the blessing of not smouldering, was devoured by the flames. However, Prahlad was devoted to Lord Vishnu and managed to live.
Choti Holi or Holika Dahan is a holiday honouring the triumph of virtue over wickedness. On this specific day this year, as a form of adoration, you must sacrifice grains to the holy fire. Likewise, you should perform Havan using the same grains. Customarily, you should return the residual ashes to the home., while the sacred altar preserves them. Days before the Choti Holi 2023, start gathering wood, dried twigs, cow dung cakes, and other materials.
Every year, the 8-day period known as Holashtak precedes the festival of Holi. It begins on Shukla Paksha, the Ashtami tithi of the Phalguna month, and lasts till Purnima, or at the very least, Holika Dahan. March 1 is the start date for Holashtak 2023. Holashtak, the eight days leading up to the Holi festival, is regarded negatively by Hindus in North India. Holashtak in 2023 will end on March 7th, 2023. This period serves as a reminder that Holi is approaching.
You would want a few unique items if you want to host a mini Holi 2023 Puja. They are Roli, Mauli, Akshat, turmeric, Batashe (sweets), tint, fruits, a wreath of certain flowers, yarns, and uples composed of cow dung, Ganga Jal, or pure water, etc.
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